ABINGDON, VA - Tomi Wortham Short has joined the staff at the Highlands Center for Ballet Arts and the Highlands Ballet Company in Abingdon.
At the age of 13, she received a scholarship to the School of American Ballet, the feeder school for The New York City Ballet Company. The following year she joined the company and was a member for seven years, achieving the status of demi-soloist. Subsequently, she earned bachelor's and master's degrees and one year toward a Ph.D. in Children's Theatre from the University of Kansas. After returning to New York, she performed in an Off-Broadway play with Brock Peters and appeared on such television shows as The Ed Sullivan Show and Show of Shows.
Short has taught and choreographed at Hollins University and the University of Kansas. She directed her own schools in Lawrence, Ks., and Virginia Beach, Va., and the dance program at Oceana Naval Air Base. Most recently, she taught and choreographed for the Jessica Morgan School of Dance in Richmond, Va., for 14 years.